Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wind turbines to spin at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach
By Doreen Hemlock
Wind energy is coming to South Florida's hospitality industry.
The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is installing wind turbines to make some of its own electricity and to attract more guests and conventions that seek out hotels with eco-friendly features.
The hotel plans to spend more than $500,000 to erect six turbines — each roughly 40 feet tall — on its roof by winter. The cost should be offset both by savings on electricity and by spending from new guests, especially meetings groups that increasingly require stays at green hotels, executives say.